Noise and Land Use Compatibility Study

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Naples Airport Authority is conducting a Part 150 Noise Study, a voluntary study to assess its noise compatibility planning. The Noise and Land Use Compatibility Update provides a structured approach for airport operators, pilots, neighboring communities, and the FAA to evaluate opportunities to address community concerns regarding noise exposure while preserving safety and operational capabilities of the airport. The last FAA-approved Part 150 Noise Study was completed more than 20 years ago (1997). An update was prepared in 2010, but it was not submitted to the FAA for approval since it would not have resulted in meaningful reductions in noise exposure.

Naples Airport Part 150 Noise Study Overview

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This includes creating Noise Exposure Maps (NEMs) and a Noise Compatibility Program (NCP). The NEMs show community exposure to certain levels of existing and future noise and identify uses that are noncompatible with those levels. The NCP recommends ways to address or reduce those noncompatible uses while preserving aviation safety and airport operational abilities.

March 2021 Update

The Naples Airport Authority (NAA) has recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use the most current and up to date 2020 flight operation data to create the Noise Exposure Maps (NEM) for the Part 150 Noise Study.  The FAA had previously approved the use of 2019 data, but jet operations have increased in 2020 and the NAA is committed to using the most recent data available to create the NEMs in order to provide the most accurate depiction of airport operations and what conditions the community is currently experiencing.  The Airport Authority is working with Noise Study consultants to finalize the draft maps and anticipate presenting them at the April 13 Technical Advisory Committee meeting.

 

Obtaining FAA approval to use the 2020 data has delayed publication of the maps, however the NAA believes that creating the most current maps that correctly depict community impact is a critical component of completing a study that accurately illustrates local conditions to the FAA.  Following the completion of the NEMs, multiple Open Houses will be held. In the interim, extensive public outreach with the community is ongoing, to collect feedback and answer questions about the Part 150 Noise Study. If you or your community is interested in a presentation related to the Part 150 Study, please contact Zac Burch at zburch@flynaples.com.

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What is a Part 150 Study?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 150, Airport Noise Compatibility Planning, in January 1985. 14 CFR Part 150 provides airport operators with a formal process for addressing airport noise and noncompatible land uses. A “noncompatible land use” is a land use exposed to aircraft noise in excess of the thresholds established in 14 CFR Part 150. Part 150 studies are voluntary; typically prepared by airports interested in improving compatibility with local communities. Part 150 studies have two elements:

  1. Noise Exposure Map (NEM) Report – Shows existing and future aircraft sound exposure levels.
  2. Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) – Recommends measures to address aircraft noise. FAA-approved measures can be eligible for federal funding.
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Airport Noise Compatibility Planning (14 CFP Part 150)